Food & Drink

The Best Restaurants in Berlin Right Now

Published On 10/09/2017 Published On 10/09/2017
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Chicha Berlin

Neukoln

This buzzy Peruvian eatery is still packed on the reg, serving up delicious ceviche and seriously boozy pisco sours. Besides a bunch of new piscos imported from Peru (they’ve now got 26 total), expect a few juicy new menu items (hint: pork belly) to hit tables soon.

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Fes - Turkish BBQ

Kreuzberg

Berlin was desperate for a modern, hip Turkish restaurant, and thank kebab, Fes' has filled the void. It's especially great for dates, if your date loves table-top BBQ, raki, and piles of meat. Which they definitely should.

Martina Trovato

Brammibal's Donuts

Kreuzberg

Brammibal’s is the latest food truck to get its own brick-and-mortar shop, right on Maybachufer near the Turkish Market. Here you’ll find what are being constantly touted as the best donuts in town, and they’re also vegan and gluten-free! Coming in quirky, artisan flavors like salted caramel, matcha strawberry, and pistachio, just try to resist the urge to go Instagram-crazy on a stack of these bad boys.

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The Store Kitchen

Mitte

The Store Kitchen’s brunch ticks all the right boxes, being healthy and downright indulgent (kale and poached eggs on your waffles -- yes it’s a thing). It’s one of the best cafés in the city for slaying laptop work with plenty of comfy seats, a juice bar and upstairs, the members-only Soho House (so make friends with a member). You might just end up coming for breakfast and staying for dinner.

Giovanni Dominice

SPICE SPICE BABY

Kreuzberg

Spice Spice Baby is finally back at Bite Club for another season. This Jamaican stand was such a big hit at markets and events last year that we’ve named it 2015’s best new street food and among Berlin’s best BBQ. Follow the Facebook for updates and get in line early to indulge in slow-cooked jerk chicken with coconut rice – these heaping plates are prone to selling out.

Adam Berry

Chutnify

Prenzlauerberg

Chutnify’s still the only spot in Berlin for authentic south Indian food, and now a long-awaited second location in Neukölln is finally open. It’s right in the midst of the local living room bar scene, which is appropriate, with excellent hangover dishes like biryani rice, traditional dosas and their hair-of-the-dog craft cocktails like Truck Driver’s Delight (coconut water and vodka).

Tommi's Burger Joint

Tommi's Burger Joint

Mitte

Tommi’s is probably Berlin’s best burger. Simple fixings, a juicy Angus beef patty and a pillowy bun that’s definitely no afterthought, in this capital’s sea of burger joints this is a very big standout. Tommi’s also just got a food truck, so you can now grab ’em at the outdoor culture space Urban Spree too. Check Facebook for dates.

Giovanni Dominice

MiAM

Kreuzberg

Berlin’s pop-up scene was getting a touch redundant, but this new restaurant is swooping in and to raise a little organic, homemade hell. Now you don’t have to wait for Street Food Thursdays or Bite Club to indulge in the city’s diversity of street food concepts, because MiAM is hosting food trucks and handing over its kitchen to different chefs every week. Look out for longstanding favorites like Taco Kween (Mexican, obviously) and Levantine (Mediterranean yums) in July. They’ve also got one of the best sunny patios in Kreuzberg right on Spreewaldplatz.

Julia Luka Lila Nitzschke

Jones Ice Cream

Schoneber

Jones Ice Cream has graduated from a food truck into its very own shop in Schöneberg, and Berliners are freaking out. Go there now and try the signature creation, whiskey-pecan-cornflake ice cream on a maple bacon-peanut butter cookie. Your sweet tooth may never be the same.

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KANAAN

Prenzlauerberg

Kanaan, the phenomenal Israeli-Palestinian “peace project” restaurant in P’Berg, is still going strong in its new Kreuzberg location at Südstern station. Go for a big plate of hearty hummus and traditional shakshuka (eggs poached in spicy tomato sauce) in a chilled-out beer garden atmosphere.

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Fräulein Kimchi

Prenzlauerberg

The Fräulein is going strong, with its delicious fusion of Korean-German-American cuisine. Trust us, you definitely need the ramen burger or kimchi käsespätzle. And FYI, they also do catering (kimchi poutine at your next house party? Hell yeah.).

Johanna Paues

Lode & Stijn

Kreuzberg

Dutch chefs Lode and Stijn made quite a name doing popular pop-up dinners around Berlin last year, and their new restaurant certainly doesn’t disappoint. Go now to find some new menu items since April’s opening, including a decadent beef tartare, fresh goat cheese mousse, and grilled asparagus in buttermilk sauce. Bar menu with those signature Dutch bitterballen’s still around too. Oh, and you’re going to want to book ahead.

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Panama

Mitte

Panama is the new restaurant from the owner of Katz Orange – a local pioneer in slow food – so that’s just lots of hype already. But it really delivers, following the same philosophy of organic and regional product, except this time with a German and Latino twist, from smoked trout tartare to gourmet empanadas. It’s also undoubtedly one of the most beautifully-designed restaurants in town, with a tropical interior full of wicker and lots of lush foliage.

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1. Chicha Berlin Friedelstrasse 34, Berlin, 12047

Both traditional and street food are served at this Peruvian restaurant, which operates under Japanese influences with light, fresh, small plates. Pisco sours pack a serious punch and pair very well with ceviche. Clean wooden tables are lined neatly in brightly colored space with loud wall murals.

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2. Fes - Turkish BBQ Hasenheide 58, Berlin, 10967

Exposed brick, copper pipes, and a tabletop BBQ pit make this trendy Turkish kebab shop a Berlin favorite. Compared to some of the other barbecue restaurants in the city, this one is the best to bring a date to thanks to it's beautiful interior. Take your pick from chicken, lamb, or beef, and a delectable mix of mezze platters.

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3. Brammibal's Donuts 8 Maybachufer, Berlin, 12047

This vegan donut shop used to be a food truck, but now the brick-and-mortor location in Kreuzberg makes it even easier to indulge in these donuts dripping with vibrant icing and toppings. Although a bit drier than regular, gluten-heavy donuts, they make up for it in artisanal flavors, such as pistachio and matcha. The donuts are also free of any artificial products, so you can chow down on these desserts while feeling a bit less guilty than normal.

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4. The Store Kitchen 1 TorstraĂźe, Berlin, 10119

The Store Kitchen is one of the best cafés in the city for slaying laptop work -- with plenty of comfy seats, a juice bar, a barber, and, upstairs, the Soho House. And as if the bright and airy interior weren't already inviting you to spend your whole day there, the decadent lunch and dinner menu packed with savory orders will have you calling this place your own kitchen in no time.

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5. SPICE SPICE BABY Görlitzerstr, Kreuzberg, 10097

This Jamaican stand surfaces in the summer to bring heavy smoke and incredible flavors to the streets of Berlin. Don’t miss tucking into a signature plate of slow-cooked jerk chicken with coconut rice and groovy tropical fixins. All the chicken is marinated overnight in its fiery jerk sauce and slow-cooked over thyme-strewn coals.

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6. Chutnify Sredzkistr. 43, Berlin, 10435

There seems to be a so-called “Indian restaurant” on every corner in Berlin, but not like Chutnify. It has earned the grateful adoration of the locals by serving South Indian street food to a population hungry for the real thing. The appetizers could satiate a ravenous crowd on their own, but the crisp, plate-sized dosa is a thing of beauty -- especially when filled with succulent marinated pork, tandoori chicken, or, in the best of the bunch, a mixture of ground lamb and peas.

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7. Tommi's Burger Joint Invalidenstr. 160, Berlin, 10115

This multi-country chain by founder Tómas Andrés Tómasson serves up truly incredible burgers at even better prices. Simple fixings, a juicy Angus beef patty and a pillowy bun that’s definitely no afterthought, these burgers definitely stand out in a sea of joints trying to do the same thing. Tommi’s also has a food truck, so can now grab your eats at the outdoor culture space Urban Spree too.

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8. MiAM 5 Spreewaldpl., Berlin, 10999

At MiAM, right in the center of Kreuzberg, you will probably never eat the same thing twice. This street food eatery enlists a different local chef each week to run the operation and create his or her own menus, which means thing here change often and drastically. This is where to be if you're feeling adventurous because when you roll up to MiAM, you don't know if you're getting Mexican or Thai or Southern American. The space it occupies is also a mecca for other local pop-up businesses like coffee shops and record stores.

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9. Jones Ice Cream GoltzstraĂźe 3, Berlin, 10781

Jones Ice Cream has graduated from a food truck into its very own shop in Schöneberg, serving up creative signature flavors with premium ingredients and no preservatives. All flavors are made every day and can be served sandwiched between fresh cookies.

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10. KANAAN Kopenhagener Str. 16, Berlin, 10437

Kreuzbergers who can’t be bothered getting on the S-Bahn: be merry. Kanaan, an awesome Israeli-Palestinian restaurant in P’Berg, offers hearty and whole food, like hummus with generous toppings, and traditional shakshuka (eggs poached in spicy tomato sauce). And thanks to this Südstern station-adjacent location, all your favorite chickpea-based middle eastern dishes will be just a few steps away.

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11. Fräulein Kimchi Kollwitzstr. 46, Berlin, 10405

American and Korean "S(e)oul" food -- with influences from Toronto, Los Angeles, and Chicago -- come together at this unique eatery that specializes in street food. As the name suggests, the homemade kimchi is a centerpiece on ramen burgers, käsespätzle, and other dishes from this food truck turned brick and mortar restaurant.

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12. Lode & Stijn Lausitzer StraĂźe 25, Berlin, 10999

The brainchild of two Dutch chefs who have been doing popular pop-up dinners around Berlin, San Francisco and Amsterdam, this contemporary spot offers up multicultural and seasonal food like the Czech beef dish Svíčková and decadent pavlova cake (essentially, a giant merengue topped with cream and fruit) for dessert. It's right by the canal, so feel free to walk off the meal afterwards.

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13. Panama 91 Potsdamer StraĂźe, Berlin, 10785

From the owner of Katz Orange – a local pioneer in slow food – comes Panama, a restaurant serving food with a German and Latino twist. You'll find plenty of raw, fresh food heavy on grains and vegetables. It’s also undoubtedly one of the most beautifully-designed restaurants in town, with a tropical interior full of wicker and lots of lush foliage. The space has two stories, both featuring work from contemporary artists.